Then I stumbled upon a book that mentioned a product called precious metal clay. I thought this would be perfect! I could make my own charms and add them to the gemstone jewelry. I also wanted to make words from the metal clay that were inspiring and healing. I soon realized that the beaded jewelry was taking time away from working with the clay. I also found that my style was changing and I liked the look of jewelry without the beads.
I was having a heard time finding the perfect font and stamps that were small enough to make the words on my pieces. Finally I found a stamp making machine that was not a fortune to invest in. The week it came in I decided to experiment. I knew that I could do words but I wanted to try shrinking a picture of an owl that my 3 year old granddaughter had drawn for her mom. And to my surprise it worked!
Next I thought I would try making a stamp with a word. What word would I make my first stamp of? And then I thought maybe it would be kind of cool to do my moms signature. My husband knew exactly where a card she had written me was. Along with the card was a letter that she wrote to my son. On that letter to my son she had drawn a heart. So I took the heart and I took her signature and tried my first Signature piece.
I knew that this piece that I had created was really special to me, but then I realized how special it would be to other people too!
And so there was my mom still with me on my jewelry journey. I find it so awesomely wonderful that my first Signature piece was made with her signature.
My mom was such a kind hearted and giving person. I know that she is so happy knowing that each special Signature piece that I make always finds it's way to that particular person who is needing to be uplifted.
And so, my jewelry journey has been bitter sweet. When I see the progress I have made over the years I always feel that little bit of sadness that my mom hasn't been here to travel in person the journey with me. But truthfully I know she has been with me in spirit every step of the way. 💞
My mom and dad with two of my beautiful nieces at my son's wedding and the weekend of their 50th wedding anniversary.